If they are in a huddle why are they all facing out? Are they looking out for the other team? I think because I have not painted on a regular basis I have forgotten how. I seem to have pickitus. But you have to start somewhere! For the last two months I have rehabbed my living room. Scraping, puttying, caulking, priming, putting up wood trim, and painting horizontal stripes on the walls. After 14 years it is time for a change
When working with a busy, colorful subject I like to create color harmony by using the color palette all over, meaning that what colors are in the subject I also put in the background and when a different color is in the background I like to put it in other areas and also on the subject in some way.
I got out all my paints and then decided to do a drawing instead. She is wearing a vintage dress with feathers on the bottom and we decided they were from an Emu. It just felt right to do a drawing instead of a painting for some reason.
When Liz showed up I asked her to choose something out of the costume closet. I think she chose well. It was a challenge to paint all of the dark and make them distinct as well as loose. Another challenge was the warm light on one side and the cool north light on the other.
Red and Orange were exhausted from all the days activity so they decided to just be still for a little nap. This is my fourth painting for DPW's Weekly Challenge. So now I can post them on the site. It was good for me especially since I have not been painting as often. I felt with each painting that I was starting from scratch and had forgotten how to paint! I feel that these four paintings are a little different style than my usual of late.
Orange did not want Red to see how clumsy he was so he told Red not to look while he climbed in the cup. This is the third painting for DPW's Weekly Challenge. It is the 4 in 4 challenge, I misread the instructions and thought it was 4 paintings using the same 4 objects, quite similar to how I do my series, but nooooo, when I read it again after painting my first two I noticed it was supposed to be a cup (or object of choice) and 3 different colored pieces of paper. Oh well! I decided to continue with what I had started. Sorry Carol!
The peppers were out for a stroll and all of a sudden this ominous yellow cup was there. Is it stalking them? This is the second painting of a series of four that I painted in response to Daily Paintworks Weekly Challenge.
These two decided to play hide and seek. Red doesn't think Orange will find him, what do you think?
I painted this to enter into Daily Paintworks Challenge for the week. This is the first of four paintings with four objects. Ok... I did not read the fine print before I started and it is supposed to be an object with four pieces of colored paper. Well, I am close. I painted four objects, a cup, two peppers and blue paper. Since I have painted two paintings with these objects I am going to continue with that theme.
My painting style has changed over the course the last 4 years, in fact it has changed in the last year. When I recently looked at this painting from a year ago I was not happy with it so I repainted it to reflect my current painting style.
This is a larger work, 18" x 18" on wood with 1.5"wood sides that are painted also. I think of my daily small paintings as sketches and I believe some of them will work well in larger formats. The compass is from my childhood when I would go to camp and we were required to bring our own compass. I have no idea why I put the marble there... maybe subconsciously as a rolling stone.
This was so much fun to paint! I had this girly prom like dress in a cool shade of lilac silk and I thought long white gloves would really make the look but I had to really hunt to remember where I put them. Takes me back to my fashion illustration days.
I saw these clear bottles and thought they might make an interesting painting, but when I set them out and looked down on them they had more color in the glass than they did on the shelf. I think looking down on them makes the slight color shift more dramatic. I think the one with the old furniture polish added some nice color.
About 15 years ago I made a floor screen with a painting of Pointe Vecchio in a 1930's deco style of painting and on the back side I covered it in gold leaf, well not actual gold leaf but that composite gold leaf. I decided to use that as a back drop for this painting. It really glows when the light hits it. It was fun for a change.
Announcement: I have two figurative paintings in a show that is opening 6-9 this Friday September 6. Click here for more information. It will be at the PUBLIC, 131 W Main St, Louisville KY. If you are in the area please stop by.
You will notice that this is a larger piece, 18" square and it is painted on a cradled wood panel. This is part of my series of larger works that are to go to a gallery. Haven't selected the gallery yet but I am having fun working on the pieces!
Well it is back to my grape series for the moment. I am trying really hard not to get nitpickitus. It is not easy. Besides being nice to look at these grapes are delicious! What you see has now vanished!
These Naked Ladies have been parading around in the yard and even though I have a privacy fence the neighbors are whispering.... "Those artist! They always have naked ladies around. They say they use them as models!" And today I did!
Yes, it is that time of year when when the "Street Rod National Show" was here in Louisville this past weekend with over 11,000 cars to dazzle the imagination. I love seeing these cars drive around town.
This 1951 Henry J was here from Alabama and I could not resist it. I am in love with the grill! And as you can see the engine is more than a 4 cylinder.
The Henry J was built by the American company Kaiser-Frazer Corp. and named after the Chairman, Henry J Kaiser. The first year they were built, 1950 (that is the year I was built too!) they had 6 cylinders and they began 4-cylinder models in 1951. The company quit producing in 1954. Read about the car's brief history and interesting facts here.
With this painting we had her pose twice for a total of 6 hours which included breaks and setting it up. Everything I have done of late has been alla prima, (painting wet into wet paint or all in one sitting) so it was a challenge to paint on it the second time on top of dry paint! We had a warm yellowish bulb above her and north light coming in through the window at her feet which made for some interesting contrasting light. I loved the foreshortening, one of my favorite things to do because of the challenge, I think.
After all that excitement about grapes I decided to paint cherries today! I am so fickle. But the cherries were excited to be out and about! When the bravest one jumped on the podium the others demanded he give a speech except for one shy one that hid behind the cup.
Well I finally got excited about something and it is grapes! Who knew grapes would be so exciting to me. Certainly not I!! While I love the grapes... I find the fork is my favorite part. Maybe I am really excited about forks! Now I am confused and amused!
It felt good today to be painting again. I had to take some time off to regroup. I have had my shower re-done (because of problems) and I did not realize that not having any place to bathe would be so disruptive. It has taken two months to get a new one put in. The tile is fabulous and I can't wait for the glass wall and door to be installed! Thank goodness I have a gym membership and can shower there!
Finally we had a sunny day! Yea!! You know folks, I have lost my Muse. Yes, it has been serious. I have not been inspired to paint anything for the past 6 weeks. And when I paint it is a struggle. However, today one of my students brought in some sunflowers to paint and they looked so fabulous I decided to paint them. So here is my effort. I must say that my students did a fabulous job on their paintings of sunflowers!
This statue of Pan towers above Hogan's Fountain in the heart of Cherokee Park luring thirsty travelers (especially the dogs) to the cascading springs below him. It was sculpted in 1905 by a local artist, Enid Yandell, who also sculpted the famous Daniel Boone statue in another nearby park.
Ali, our model last friday, has been living in Hawaii for the past year and we were lucky enough to have her pose for us before she goes back. Her hair used to be all dreadlocks but now most of the dreadlocks are in the back. She has tons of hair!
I have been wanting to do a drawing for the past month so today when the model showed up I decided to do a pastel which I consider drawing in color. It is much larger than what I usually do on Fridays. It was fun and my favorite part was her hair.
This painting was my demo this morning for my Monday students so I painted it on a larger panel to make it easier to see. I chose these three Hydrangeas that one of my students brought because of their blueish colors. Put them in a blue bottle and the shadow is blue because of the reflection of the sky in the north light.
The challenge is to paint the hands simply. Capture the gesture in a painted sketch, paint in the dark values then add the light. Squint your eyes as you look at the hands to see the difference between the light and shadow areas. Keep those values as you paint the correct cool or warm "value colors". Painting in the overall hand shape to start helps to keep it in the correct proportion. Here are 4 hands to be painted on a 6"x6" panel making each hand fit roughly in a 3"x3" square.
My pink Hydrangeas are blooming! There are never very many blooms because the previous owners planted it in the shady the north side of the house, but this year I really will only have about 7 blooms. Darn! When painting this pink and trying to get a bright pink I had to get out a tube of Quinacridone red which is not made from a mineral and therefore when you mix it with white it is brighter or rather a more clear pink. For instance when you mix white with Alizarin Crimson it is pink but it is a grayer pink because it is from a mineral. I find that many flower colors like Gerber Daisies are bright and you need to use modern colors like thalo and colors that are not mineral. That is all I know for today!
I started this series of small (6” x 6”, 6” x 8”, 5” x 7”) paintings in May 2009 as a daily practice and discipline in order to liberate my work by painting from life in a restricted amount of time. In carefully considering placement, shape and color, I strive to find the essence and beauty of common objects in a fast-paced world that is dominated by electronic gadgets and digital images. It is my hope that people will stop, look and see the dignity and soul of things that are often taken for granted.
Composition and lighting are key elements in the creative design process, allowing me to create a lively and often humorous narrative.